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Things Victorian and academic.

Published: 2016-10-22T19:13:44-04:00


Saturday Cat Blogging


Yes, it's a break with tradition, but I'm sure we could all use a picture of cats on fluffy blankets, courtesy of Lydia Gwilt and Allan Armadale.

This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions


(This week turned out to be rather Catholic.) The Lamp: A Popular Journal of General Literature n.s.(Jan.-June 1871). Bound volume of this cheap Catholic periodical, which contains fiction, poetry, news reports, devotional writing, etc. (eBay) Elizabeth Emery, Romancing the Cathedral:...

Forthcoming in Chronicle Vitae...


Thanks to an inside source, we have obtained a preview of several upcoming issues of Chronicle Vitae. Below are some of the more exciting topics, guaranteed to speak to the needs and experiences of American academics everywhere. 1. I've just...

Victorian Catholic Fiction as a "Minor" Literature?


I've been looking for a vocabulary to better describe how English Victorian Catholic fiction works. It's true, as Brian Sudlow has noted, that there is a "divine entente cordiale" between late 19th-c. French and English Catholic writers when it comes...

This Week's Acquisitions


Martha Bowden, Descendants of Waverley: Romancing History in Contemporary Historical Fiction (Bucknell, 2016). Analyzing the ongoing influence of Scott on contemporary historical fiction. I'm reviewing this for Choice. (Review copy) Raymond Jonas, France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart:...

This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions


J.G. Lockhart, Valerius: A Roman Story (Blackwood, 1821). Three-volume first edition of this historical novel by Sir Walter Scott's son-in-law (best known for his biography of Scott). (eBay) Emile Zola, The Dream, trans. Michael Glencross (Peter Owen, 2005). Part of...

Echoes of Sherlock Holmes


Of the making of Sherlock Holmes pastiches there is no end. As there is clearly a market for mock-Sherlock--mocklock? Let's go with Fauxlock--this is hardly a surprise. But as I've been none-too-subtly complaining in my year-end roundups, the results are...

Without a 'net


Friday evening, I discovered that Allan Armadale had made an excellent start on chewing through the router's power cord. Thanks to his fine contribution, I lost all home internet access until this afternoon. My students were strangely unimpressed by this...

This Week's Acquisitions


J. M. Neale, Tales Illustrative of the Apostles' Creed (John Masters, 1862). Example of one subgenre of religious fiction: the short-story sequence designed to break down creed, prayers, etc. into manageable chunks. More about Neale here. (eBay) Ray Russell, Haunted...

Friday Cat Blogging


In today's installment, we have a suitably postmodern arrangement of three cats, a shaft of light, and a sleep-inducing electrical cord.

Brief note: Lovers' Saint Ruth's: And Three Other Tales


As a break from contemplating my participation on what are about to be five committees this semester--I seem to have missed the memo about full professors being able to say "no" to things--I decided to read some Catholic fiction. Louise...

This Week's Acquisitions


Robert Pollok, Helen of the Glen (Robert Carter, 1841). Two Covenanter orphans grow up and face various temptations, until the sister (of course) manages to bring her brother back to the right path on her deathbed. (eBay) Gabriele d'Annunzio, Pleasure,...



Now that I've relinquished my temporarily peripatetic existence (a bit of home renovation necessitating my exit), I'm back to work on my two companion articles--one at the formatting phase (as in, I've been formatting and reformatting it for hours on...

This Week's Acquisitions


The Daughter of Adoption, ed. Michael Scrivener, Yasmin Solomonescu, and Judith Thompson (Broadview, 2013). New edition of Thelwall's 1801 novel set in and after a slave rebellion in Haiti. More about Thelwall here. (Amazon [secondhand]) Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent...

This semester's workload


It's always useful to know what faculty responsibilities are at different types of institution. This is what I'm doing this semester as a full professor at a small (8000+ students) regional comprehensive in the SUNY system: 1) Teaching: Three classes,...